Tuesday, September 6, 2011

an "episode"

Cora has a heart defect. Aside from visiting a cardiologist a couple times a year, we barely think about it. She shows no physical signs of one, other than her heart beats a little bit differently than others. Until today.

I have told this story so many times today. I thought I'd post it here and hope friends/family catch it.

We started getting ready for the day early, since I had Bible study to get to. Olivia and Cora were running around, chasing each other from room to room, screaming and having fun. Once they took a break, I grabbed Cora to get her dressed. She started fussing. We weren't sure why (especially since she does whine quite a bit) so at first we assumed it was some kind of "toddler thing." But something seemed a bit "off" this morning, so I picked her up and held her. She kept screaming, "Mommy!" and then started to act like she might throw up. (sorry - yucky) I sat down with her and noticed her lips were gray. Almost white. And then she started to pass out on us. Fortunately, we were able to get her to drink water and her color started to return. (Yes - I keep saying "we" because Brendan was still home - thank goodness!)
We went to the pediatrician and had her checked out. By then, her heart rate and saturation levels were normal. We also consulted with her cardiologist and he felt that this was consistent with a vsd. So we are keeping an eye on her and will report back to her doctors if we have any more problems. We are scheduled to see the cardiologist again in November. And hoping and praying we have no more episodes before (or even after, for that matter) then.


  1. Wow! How scary. Sorry to hear about this.

    Thinking of you all.


    Tim, Monica, and Larissa

  2. what a terrifying morning for you all! I'm glad her stats are back to normal, praying this does not continue to be an issue for her!
    love you all,

  3. Poor baby and POOR Mama!! Praying she stays healthy. What a frightening experience.